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Nikon Canada Announces The Nikon D6

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 12, 2020 by itnerd

Today, Nikon Canada Inc. has unveiled the D6, a new professional-grade DSLR built for those in need of extreme reliability and ultimate performance. The D6 addresses the needs of professionals and press agencies, and is faster and more powerful than ever before. Offering the most powerful AF system in Nikon’s history, this flagship DSLR camera delivers crucial improvements to modern workflow while also accelerating file transfer capabilities. Promising unparalleled low-light performance, powerful agility, advanced 4K UHD multimedia capabilities and a mechanical shutter frame rate boosted to a staggering 14fps, the D6 will redefine the way pros work.

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The Most Powerful AF in Nikon’s History: The D6 leaves nothing to chance. To maximize hit rate, it is equipped with a newly developed, densely packed 105-point AF system in which all the focus points utilize cross-type sensors and all points are selectable. Through the new focus point layout and the use of a triple-sensor arrangement for each focus point, the D6 achieves AF coverage that is approximately 1.6x denser than that of the D5. The D6 also sports an expanded focus detection range which increases the detection area for single point AF and dynamic area AF, making it easier to achieve focus on a subject even when slightly outside the focus point.

Improving upon Nikon’s popular Group AF mode, this function has evolved with support for 17 custom arrangements from which users can choose according to the scene or subject movement. The D6 also demonstrates superior low-light AF performance. The center focus point works down to -4.5 EV and the others to -4 EV, making autofocus possible even in dark situations or with low-contrast subjects.

Unparalleled Performance: The new EXPEED 6 engine’s superior image-processing capabilities combined with the vast amount of information provided by the new dedicated AF engine drives high-level performance in any situation. To help capture the decisive moment consistently, the D6 boasts a 14fps mechanical shutter with full AF and AE. The D6 can also shoot completely silent for sensitive situations capturing full resolution at 10.5 fps. For faster frame rates, the Nikon D6 is able to take 2-megapixel images at approx. 60 fps and 8-megapixel images at 30 fps in Live View mode.

The D6 leverages a 20.8-megapixel FX-Format CMOS sensor, creating images that pop with stunning detail, true colours and exhibiting incredible dynamic range. The ISO ranges from 100 to 102,400, which helps to preserve sharpness and subtle details in even the most challenging light. Additionally, ISO is expandable up to 3.2 million, giving photographers the ability to truly conquer the dark.

Concentration on Workflow: Building on Nikon’s history of serving professionals, the D6 is the most customizable Nikon DSLR yet, designed to speed up the workflow of any user during and after capture.

Recall shooting functions create combinations of settings that can be assigned to a specific button to get the perfect shot in a pinch.

The D6 excels in connectivity and supports the same 1000BASE-T Ethernet standard as the D5, with an approximate 15% increase in transmission speed. The camera also supports a number of options for wireless networking, offering built-in 2.4- and 5-GHz Wi-Fi or traditional wireless transfer using the WT-6 Wireless Transmitter (optional)

Includes 14 customizable buttons, assignable to any of 46 unique function choices and a new intuitive menu system.

Priority Image Transfer gives the ability to move an important image to the front of the queue when speed is of paramount priority, which can easily be done by swiping the touch LCD during playback.

Security Lock compatibility supports connection of anti-theft cables to provide maximum security for remote applications or when the camera is unattended.

Built in GPS gives accurate time, date and location information for just about anywhere on the planet.

Dual CFexpress slots offer blazing fast read/write times and have the ability to overflow, copy or separate file types.

JPEG functions allow for the simultaneous recording of two JPEG images with different image size and quality settings, which is convenient for separating images that will be transmitted from those that will be edited.

Creativity options for multimedia creators including a new interval timer mode to retain the best resolution and enable in-camera time-lapse movie file recording providing professionals the ability to create exceptionally sharp 16:9 4K Ultra HD video.

Absolute Reliability: Nikon’s flagship cameras remain trusted in the industry and have been proven on the sidelines, in the studio and even in outer space. With a magnesium alloy camera body and extensively weather-sealed design, the D6 is as tough as the professionals who use it, ready to take on the harshest shooting conditions. The camera offers long-lasting battery life, delivering the safety net and energy-saving performance that pros need on daylong outings. The D6 also employs a USB-Type C connector for faster direct-to-PC file transfer rates than previously possible with the D5.

Endless Lens Choices: By pairing the D6 with Nikon’s extremely diverse selection of F-Mount NIKKOR telephoto lenses, professionals have the most advanced imaging solution in Nikon’s history. No matter the job, the client or the location, there’s a NIKKOR lens, from the ultra-wide to the super-telephoto. The D6 is also compatible with Nikon’s line of creative Speedlights, offering extra creative freedom to enhance natural light and add artistry and drama to any scene.

Pricing and Availability

The new Nikon D6 will be available in Spring 2020 for a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $8,999.95. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.ca.

 

Nikon Canada Announces Cutting-Edge Z Mount, F Mount & COOLPIX Products

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 7, 2020 by itnerd

Nikon Canada Inc. has announced three new innovative products that proves the imaging brand’s commitment to bringing optical excellence to all levels of customers. First, the new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is the latest in the ever-expanding Z mount lens line, giving users of Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras an indispensable workhorse lens for capturing action and portraits. For professional sports and wildlife photographers, the new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is an enticing high-performance, professional super telephoto F mount NIKKOR lens. Finally, the COOLPIX 950 is a powerful new addition to Nikon’s superzoom bridge camera lineup, offering creators a spectacular 83x optical zoom and a myriad of innovative features to take their creativity to new heights.

 

The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S – Astonishing Details, Uncompromising Zoom

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An essential pro-level telephoto zoom lens re-imagined to take advantage of the optical potential of the Z series, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is the latest addition to Nikon’s rapidly growing lineup of mirrorless lenses. The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 represents a pivotal lens for the Z series and a must-have for those shooting action, weddings, events, news, wildlife and portraits. Equipped with a versatile focal range, fast f/2.8 aperture, and an impressive 5 stops of built-in optical VR image stabilization1, the 70-200mm f/2.8 gives mirrorless shooters the flexibility to capture astoundingly sharp images and videos in a variety of scenarios. Additionally, multimedia and content creators using the lens will appreciate the stepping motor (STM) for extremely quiet autofocus operation and reduced focus breathing.

The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S demonstrates the technological benefits of the Nikon Z mount to reinvent a classic lens, while including new features to make this photographer favorite even more superior for Z series users. Parfocal support maintains focus when zooming, while a reduced minimum focus distance (0.5m wide, 1.0m telephoto) vastly increases versatility for photos and video. When used in combination with the in-body stabilization of the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7, the 70-200mm f/2.8 promises unparalleled stability with additional optical stabilization. Like other S line lenses, the 70-200mm f/2.8 boasts a premium optical design complete with a 9-blade diaphragm as well as Anti-Reflective Nano Crystal and ARNEO coatings for maximum image quality in any light, with a Fluorine coating that resists dirt and smudges. In addition to a rugged weather sealed design the lens is ready to tackle any assignment with a dedicated Info Panel, two customizable Function buttons and an additional custom control ring.

The new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8 E FL ED SR VR are the first Nikon lenses to feature the newly developed SR (Short-Wavelength Refractive) lens element, a high- and specialized-dispersion glass lens featuring characteristics that greatly refract light with wavelengths shorter than that of blue. By controlling short-wavelength light that is difficult to compensate, the lens can more effectively collect light of various specific wavelengths and achieve highly precise chromatic aberration compensation.

 

AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR Lens: Impressive Reach, Incredible Speed, Absolute Versatility

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The all-new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is a versatile, professional lens for the Nikon F mount with a large focal range and fast constant aperture. It’s ideal for sports, wildlife and portrait photographers seeking a bright and fast telephoto lens that offers sharp image quality across a wide range of focal lengths. Thanks to its extensive 120-300mm focal range, the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm provides users with a pro-level single lens solution, replacing the need to carry multiple lenses. With Nikon’s reliable, weather-sealed construction, the NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8 is equipped to handle any shooting scenario whether on the sidelines or in the wilderness.

Users will appreciate the constant f/2.8 aperture which offers incredible low-light capability and depth of field that draws emphasis to a subject. The impeccably sharp image quality, beautiful bokeh and enhanced AF performance of the NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8 offers speed and sharpness reminiscent of a prime. Engineered with Nikon’s cutting-edge technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is the first NIKKOR F mount lens to adopt Nikon’s new SR lens element as well as Nikon’s anti-reflective ARNEO coat to deliver superior chromatic aberration compensation and effectively reduce ghost and flare. The built-in VR function provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops and includes a Sport VR mode for rapidly moving subjects.

Ready for professional use, the lens is sealed to resist the elements and is engineered for maximum usability, even when handheld. The zoom ring, focus function buttons, tripod collar ring and controls are all designed to ensure superior operability for more comfortable shooting.

 

COOLPIX 950: 2,000mm Zoom Power, 4K UHD Video & More

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With an unbelievable 83x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, the 16-megapixel COOLPIX 950 is a powerful new addition to Nikon’s superzoom bridge camera lineup, which delivers unprecedented image quality from extreme distances. Beyond the staggering 24-2000mm lens, the COOLPIX 950 packs an advanced feature-set complete with Nikon’s renowned NIKKOR optics and advanced stabilization technology with 5.5 stops of VR image stabilization, allowing stargazers and birdwatchers to capture high-quality photos or 4K UHD videos at extreme distances with ease. Plus, by using the COOLPIX 950’s 166x** Dynamic Fine Zoom for far-away subjects and Macro Shooting capabilities to get as close as 0.4 inches, adventure-seekers can bring the unimaginable closer than ever.

Users can rely on the COOLPIX 950 to photograph life’s most unique subjects with incredible accuracy and focus thanks to its Target Finding AF capabilities, 7 fps continuous shooting and ISO sensitivity up to 6400. A great option for photographers of all skill levels, the COOLPIX 950 features user-friendly controls alongside an intuitive menu system and a 2359k-dot EVF, making it easier to review and capture one-of-a-kind shots. With dedicated Bird-Watching and Moon Modes photographers can effortlessly snap photos of their world and beyond. The new COOLPIX 950 also adds RAW (NRW) photo recording, an enhanced high-resolution electronic viewfinder and Nikon SnapBridge to seamlessly share images or remotely control the camera.

The COOLPIX 950 is also equipped with an accessory shoe to enable compatibility with a variety of useful accessories, including the optional DF-M1 Dot Sight, which helps users locate subjects and compose shots from far-away distances.

 

Pricing and Availability

The new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and COOLPIX 950 will be available in February for manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) of $3,599.95 and $1,099.95, respectively. The AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8 E FL ED SR VR will be available in February for a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $12,899.95. For more information about Nikon and their latest products, please visit www.nikon.ca.

Nikon Canada Announces D780 DSLR

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 7, 2020 by itnerd

Nikon Canada Inc. has unveiled the D780, an exciting new FX-format DSLR that makes vast improvements to the highly-revered D750, Nikon’s most popular full-frame DSLR ever, while inheriting pro-level features from the powerful D850 and flagship D5. The much-anticipated D780 delivers the most sought-after features to give enthusiasts and professionals an agile camera for capturing high-resolution photos and 4K UHD video with the added benefit of fast, accurate phase detect autofocusing. While the D780 retains the rugged reliability of its predecessor, the camera has been turbocharged with Nikon’s latest EXPEED 6 processor, touch operability, advanced autofocus capabilities, extensive video features, a valuable assortment of in-camera creative options and so much more. The new D780 is more than a worthy successor to the beloved D750, it’s a proven performer that transcends any creative endeavor.

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Nikon cameras and lenses are world-renowned for their usability, reliability, performance and impressive image quality. With the addition of the innovative new Z mirrorless system, together with a robust and proven lineup of DSLR’s and decades of the finest NIKKOR lenses, Nikon is uniquely positioned to fulfill customer’s needs no matter how they want to capture still images or video.

 

Perform Beyond Expectations
The Nikon D780 sets a new benchmark in DSLR performance, vastly improving upon the capabilities of the D750 by incorporating the newest technology and some of the popular features seen in the Z series, making it powerful and versatile enough to capture anything from fast-action sports to beautifully detailed night sky. The D780 is a seriously capable camera and offers the distinct advantage of being comfortable in the hands of a photo enthusiast, as well as being a popular pro-grade tool choice for weddings, wildlife, and production environments.

  • High Resolution Image Quality: Offering the optimal balance between resolution and file size, the D780 is equipped with a 24.5-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) FX-Format CMOS sensor to deliver superb image quality, fantastic dynamic range, beautiful color reproduction, stellar low-light ability and sharp clarity to excel in a wide array of shooting scenarios.
  • EXPEED 6 Processing Power: Designed with Nikon’s most advanced EXPEED 6 image processor, the D780 is packed with the same powerful processing engine as the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7, allowing for noticeable increases in speed. In addition to greater energy efficiency, EXPEED 6 delivers improved low-light performance, 4K UHD full-frame video with full pixel readout, and enhanced image clarity.
  • Wide ISO Range: The D780 retains the low-light ability that made it a photographer’s favorite for wedding receptions and nighttime photography, producing clean files with minimal noise effortlessly. Whether capturing a dimly lit dance floor, a stage performance or an astounding astro-landscape, users can rely on the D780 to retain ultimate clarity in even the most challenging lighting scenarios. The camera offers improved ISO performance across the entire range, which now goes up to 51,200 and is expandable to 204,800.
  • Blazing-fast speeds: The D780 keeps pace with the fastest action, offering shooting speeds of up to 7 fps1 at full resolution and shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 or as long as 900 seconds2. Whether shooting the split-second action of motocross, or a bride’s walk down the aisle, the D780 lets you capture content with confidence when you only get one chance.
  • Two Powerful AF Systems Optimized for Any Shooting Style:
    1. When shooting through the optical viewfinder (OVF): Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system is paired with an enhanced AF algorithm inherited from the flagship Nikon D5. 15 cross-type AF sensors maximize accuracy, and the camera uses an upgraded 180K-pixel Advanced Scene Recognition System, which analyzes the scene to ensure balanced exposures and accurate color reproduction. The AF system can reliably track rapidly moving subjects such as wildlife, yet also improves on its surreal ability to nail focus like no other in challenging light, to -4EV in this mode.
    2. In Live View: For the first time in a Nikon DSLR, the D780 is infused with mirrorless technology, featuring the same 2733 point focal plane Hybrid AF system employed in the Nikon Z 6, enabling broad coverage of approximately 90% of the frame. The system offers extremely fast, smooth and accurate AF in Live View and when recording video, a huge benefit for multimedia production. This is also Nikon’s first DSLR to feature Eye-Detection AF4, enabling a real-time tracking of multiple eyes in a scene to help ensure tack-sharp focus for portraits and candid shots.
    • Silent Shooting: When operating the electronic shutter in Live View, the D780 can shoot continuously without shutter noise at up to 12 fps. Silent shooting is ideal for documenting sensitive moments like a live performance, a wedding ceremony or discrete street photography.
    • NIKKOR Lenses: When combined with an extensive catalog of world renowned NIKKOR lenses, the versatile D780 knows no boundaries in taking on any artistic challenge.

 

Video Features for Creators
The D780 delivers the best video capabilities of any Nikon DSLR, incorporating technology found in the Nikon Z 6 mirrorless camera.

  • Full-Frame 4K video at 30 fps: Incorporating an FX-format BSI sensor and on-sensor phase detect AF, the D780 is capable of similar video capture functions of the Nikon Z 6, capturing full-frame 4K UHD video at 30 fps with full-pixel readout for absolute quality. A variety of other frame rates and resolutions is also selectable, including Full HD/120p for ultra-smooth motion in videos and epic slow-motion capture.
    • Flexible workflow: The D780 offers 10-bit output with N-Log5 or HDR (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support, raising the bar for video functionality and flexibility in post-production.
    • Advanced Cinematic Functions: Users can enjoy more creative freedom when capturing video with the D780 thanks to its host of advanced shooting modes, including focus peaking highlight display (zebra stripes), interval timer and in-camera time-lapse movie file recording.

 

Advanced Creative Features
The D780 sports an innovative and useful feature-set that empowers professionals to explore their creative potential by affording a more efficient workflow coupled with unique effects.

  • In-Camera Creative Filters: With a wide-array of in-camera Creative Picture Controls and a Special Effects Mode, the D780 enables users to effortlessly add elements of personal flare to their photos and videos. Additionally, many of these popular special effects can be captured as a JPEG while simultaneously shooting an unaffected RAW image for more editing freedom.
    • Focus Stacking: Like the D850, the D780’s Focus Shift feature will appeal to macro, product and landscape photographers seeking extreme depth-of-field, by enabling the user to capture a series of shots at different focus distances and use third party software to generate a highly-defined image consisting of only the areas in focus.
    • More Flexibility with Multiple Exposures: New to the D780 is the ability to create a multiple exposure with non-consecutively shot images, giving photographers the capacity to superimpose images in-camera, even when captured from two entirely different locations and times.
    • Easy Wi-Fi6 and Bluetooth7 Connectivity: The D780 offers seamless image-sharing to a smartphone or tablet when connected to the Nikon Snapbridge8 app using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. With the latest SnapBridge app, it’s easy to download videos, RAW files or remotely control a camera from your phone or tablet.

 

Built Like a Nikon
• New Touch Operability: Like the Nikon D850, the new D780 features a bright tilting 3.2-inch LCD enhanced with touch operability to provide a more optimal user-experience.
• Robust Design: Sporting a durable build with extensive weather-sealing, the D780 retains its role as a reliable tool to handle unpredictable conditions when working in the field.
• Energy-Saving Performance: The D780 can capture 2,260 shots on single charge which is a significant increase in battery life compared to the D750, making it the ideal companion for photographers embarking on a day-long outing.
• On-The-Go Charging: With versatile USB Type C compatibility users can charge in-camera and transfer files more conveniently than ever.
• Dual Card Slots: Featuring two UHS-II SD card slots, the D780 provides professionals with a safety net and the ability to record multiple file formats simultaneously.

 

Price and Availability
The Nikon D780 will be available in late January for a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $3,199.95 for the body-only configuration, and $3,899.95 for single-lens kit configuration with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.ca.

Review: Nikon Coolpix P1000

Posted in Products with tags on August 15, 2019 by itnerd

During our recent road trip, my wife and I had with us the Nikon Coolpix P1000 which is an insanely versatile camera as we were able to take great pictures in all sorts of situations. It has a 16MP image sensor with an absurdly big and long 125x zoom lens. This makes it a big and heavy SLR sized camera with a non replaceable lens. Right off the top I will say that there are some things that I will mention that may make it not suitable for every photographer. But I think that a lot of people will find it something that they want to put in their camera bag. One plus that I will point out to more advanced photographers, it supports RAW. Just make sure you have a big enough SD card if you go that route. In my case, I went with a 128GB SD card to make sure that I was covered

So since I talked about the fact that it is big and heavy, I will also mention that it is easy to hold which is a bit of a surprise given how big this camera is. And as long as you haven’t got the lens fully extended, the balance is decent. There’s a hot shoe (for an external flash or microphone) and a pop-up flash, both centered behind the lens, on the top plate. The pop-up flash is big, and rises a couple of inches above the body when opened for use. That allows you to use the hot shoe for an external microphone which makes this an ideal rig for vloggers seeing as this camera also does 4K video.

You can select from a number of modes for your photographic needs. Auto, Progam, Aperture, Shutter, and Manual exposure modes are onboard. But the P1000 includes a Scene recognition setting, a Moon mode, a Bird mode, and a number of Instagram-style filter effects, ranging from desaturated bleach bypass to a high-contrast black-and-white. I have to admit that I left it in auto most of the time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—Nikon calls its Wi-Fi system SnapBridge. The P1000 can send images to your smartphone automatically or on demand via Bluetooth, and it can be remotely controlled via your phone via Wi-Fi with a live feed to your phone’s screen. Nikon also offers a wireless Bluetooth remote for remote image capture. Battery life is rated at 250 shots. But I got about 300 before needing to charge it. Strangely, I was unable to charge it with any third-party AC adapters or power packs. I tried a few, including the plug that came with my iPhone, but only the Nikon adapter worked for me. That is a bit limiting as you can’t do an emergency charge in the field. Thus you need to ensure that it is fully charged before you go out or have a spare battery pack on hand. I should also note that autofocus speed is very quick when shooting at a wide angle. But it does slow down when zoomed all the way in. Finally, there’s an LCD screen that you can position at a variety of angles to accommodate your shooting needs. Plus there’s a viewfinder that also has a LCD screen that I found to be better to use in bright sunlight.

So, what do the pictures from this camera look like? Here’s a few examples in a variety of lighting conditions:

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From a zoom perspective, here’s a couple of examples which were pretty impressive:

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And here’s a 4K video that I shot with the Coolpix P1000:

The bottom line is that this is versatile camera. There’s a ton of functionality on hand that allows you to take pictures in any condition, or allow you to express your creative side. Other than the size and weight of the camera, not to mention the inability to charge it easily, I really have nothing negative to say about the Nikon Coolpix P1000. It goes for $1400 CDN. My suggestion is that if the Nikon Coolpix P1000 appeals to you, I would visit your Nikon dealer to try one out and make sure it’s right for you.

Nikon Canada Announces New 180-400mm Super Telephoto Zoom Lens

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 9, 2018 by itnerd

Today, Nikon Canada announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which is ideally suited for photographing sports and wildlife with astounding speed and clarity. This professional level FX-format lens is more versatile than ever, and has been updated with the newest NIKKOR lens technologies including Nikon’s first ever built-in teleconverter and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and reduce weight.

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The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is a professional super-telephoto zoom lens which is even more versatile with an extended wide range of 180-400mm, and a constant f/4 aperture to easily isolate a subject from the sidelines, even in challenging light. This is also the first NIKKOR lens to include a built-in 1.4X teleconverter, allowing photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252mm-560mm (FX-format) focal range. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on the Nikon D500 and other DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270mm-600mm, (378mm-840mm with the teleconverter engaged).

Whether capturing fast-moving winter sports on the slopes or elusive wildlife at a distance, photographers can shoot with confidence from this high performance NIKKOR lens. The new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is optimized for high-speed capture, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame(2).

The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition. The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.

The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.

The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the NIKKOR 200-400mm. These lenses help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K video, and are ideally mated to high resolution Nikon DSLR cameras. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare.

Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will be available in March 2018 for a manufacturer suggested retail price of $15,549.95.

City of Toronto Congratulates Winners Of Snap & Share Photo Contest

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 13, 2017 by itnerd

The City of Toronto and Nikon Canada are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Snap & Share photo contest. Produced by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and presented by Nikon Canada, the contest attracted more than 1,500 submissions from across Toronto.

Category and Grand Prize Winners
  • Grand Prize winner: Happy Canada Day, Toronto!, taken at Toronto Island Park by Diana Lee
  • Our Common Grounds: Spring 2017, taken at Berczy Park by Alecs Chor
  • Hidden Gems: Deer people watching along the Humber River Recreational Trail, taken at the Humber River Trail by Kinga S.
  • TO Canada With Love: Good Morning Toronto, taken at Humber Bay Park by Helena Chu
  • Toronto Blooms: Monet’s Painting, taken at St. James Park by Leonardo Guizzo
  • City of Sport: Sports on the Bay, taken at Humber Bay Park by Miki Nakai-Powell
  • Toronto Photography Tour: Nature’s Beauty, taken at Corktown Common by Ashley Duffus
Additional Winners
  • People’s Choice: Rocky Destination, taken on the Toronto shoreline by Taylor Power
  • Youth Winner: Geese on the Horizon, taken at Polson Pier by Rocco Zoccoli
  • Youth Winner: Taking a photo, because it lasts longer, taken at St. James Park, by Illia Nikulchuk
  • Twitter Winner: Lakeside Cruising, taken at Trillium Park by Sergio Beristain
  • Instagram Winner: Summer Reflections, taken at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park by Lisa Roberston

An additional 2,500 photos were shared on social media using the hashtag #SnapShareTO. Entries were judged by City staff with the help of Kristian Bogner, a professional photographer and Nikon Canada Ambassador; Neil Ever Osborne, a conservation photographer, filmmaker and Nikon Canada Ambassador; and Taku Kumabe, a freelance photographer and art director. The People’s Choice winner was decided by the public through two rounds of online voting.

The grand prize winner will receive a Nikon D5600 DSLR camera. Winners from the remaining categories will take home a Nikon COOLPIX L840 or A10 camera.

The winning photographs and runners-up can be viewed at toronto.ca/photocontest. Many submissions will also be featured on the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Facebook and Instagram pages http://facebook.com/TorontoPFR and http://instagram.com/torontopfr/

Review: Nikon COOLPIX W300 Digital Camera

Posted in Products with tags on September 1, 2017 by itnerd

My first test of the Nikon COOLPIX W300 digital camera was an unplanned one. My wife and I were in line for the ferry to take us to Port aux Basques Newfoundland during our recent road trip and it fell out of my pocket onto the ground. That was a height of about 3 feet. The people around us freaked out because they were convinced that I just killed the camera. But I picked it up and proved to them that everything still worked by firing off a few pictures and showing the results on the LCD screen, which is viewable in all lighting conditions.

Clearly this is not your average digital camera. It’s meant for those who live more extreme lifestyles. That made it perfect for our road trip seeing as we were going hiking and cycling. Here’s a few other reasons why this isn’t your average camera:

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  • It is waterproof. It will survive being under water for depths up to 30 m for 60 minutes. Though I would suggest based on this experience with another Nikon camera that you acquire this strap that gives the camera the ability to float if you don’t want to dive into a lake to find. However, it can take photos and video underwater which means in that use case, you don’t need the strap.
  • It is shockproof
  • It is freezeproof to -10 celsius
  • It is dustproof

From a feel perspective, it felt well built and solid. All the ports (Mini HDMI and Micro USB) are behind a door that houses the MicroSD card slot. That door has clearly been designed to keep water and dust out as it has gaskets on it. There was no question once I started to hold it that it would survive anything that I tossed at it within reason.

In terms of what kind of pictures and videos it can take, it will capture 4K Ultra HD video, and 16MP photos. Because I put a 16GB card into the camera, I limited myself to talking 1080p videos during the road trip. The results were outstanding for the most part. Take these examples which highlights the fact that this camera has image stabilization that is insanely great. These pictures were all taken from a moving car that was doing highway speeds at the time:

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The only area where the camera struggled a bit is in low light or at night. I had some issues getting good shots in those scenarios. But as you can see, the Coolpix W300 still did okay:

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This is a great camera to take pictures with as it seems to be able to adjust itself to take the perfect picture for the most part.

In terms of video, here’s an example that I shot in 1080p:

It was windy on the day I took this video and I turned on the function that cuts the wind noise. It didn’t eliminate the wind noise, but it did a good enough job that you could hear voices at the end of the video. Other than that, I can find little to complain about the quality of the video.

One of the cool features that the COOLPIX W300 has is that it has WiFi and Bluetooth. Combined with the SnapBridge App which is available for iOS and Android, you can do a number of things:

  • You can use the phone to have the camera grab GPS co-ordinates. That’s great as I’ve used cameras with built in GPS functionality, and that functionality can really drain the camera’s battery.
  • It can automatically download photos to your phone. In my case, it downloaded 2MP versions of the photos to my iPhone and then my iPhone put them on my iCloud account. I can see how this would be handy, but I could not figure out how to upload the 16MP versions. There was an option for that in the SnapBridge App that greyed out and I could not figure out how to activate it. Optionally, you can upload your pics to Nikon IMAGE SPACE which is their cloud photo service.
  • You can use the software to act as a remote viewfinder and remotely take pictures. For example, my wife and I used this feature to take pictures of ourselves in an area of Gros Morne National Park while the camera sat on a picnic table in front of us.

Some other cool features COOLPIX W300 include the fact that you can use dedicated buttons to get access to an altimeter, GPS, and a flashlight. I found that to be handy as there were times when I wondered how close I was to sea level, or when I needed some extra light to read something.

In terms of holding the camera, it was very easy to hold it with one hand. That combined with the fact that it would survive a drop encouraged me to take these pictures on a moving bike during a bike ride in Gros Morne National Park. Which by the way you should only do if you’re an experienced cyclist (click to enlarge):

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Another cool feature is that you can change modes simply by moving the camera. But the real selling point for me was the battery life. I took over 500 photos over 13 days and I only charged the battery in the camera 4 times. That’s impressive.

The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is $500 CDN which is a great price for a camera that has these capabilities. If you have an “active” lifestyle and you need a point and shoot camera that can survive anything that your lifestyle throws at you, the Nikon COOLPIX W300 is totally worth a look.